Hello my friends! How was your Thanksgiving? Are you settled in for some Christmas decorating this weekend!? Well if you have a minute, I have a treat for you! Meet Dorrie, one of my friends who contributes here on All Things Heart and Home! Dorrie has an amazing project for us today- (you won’t believe what she made – she and I are thinking alike this Christmas!) but first she’s going to tell you a little bit about herself!
Hey y'all!! Can I first just say how excited I am to be here!? I've been a big fan of All Things Heart and Home for a while, so when Robin announced she was looking for a few contributors, it was a no brainer to put my name in the hat. I'm Dorrie from
I love DIY, crafting and most especially, anything to do with painting! I'm on a mission to make our home a little less big box and a little more US. Don't get me wrong. I love the convenience of big box store decor, but nothing comes close to infusing our home with truly personal touches that I've created myself.
In an effort to make our spaces and decor a little less cookie cutter, I’ve started to evaluate each room and have slowly begun making changes. My focus has definitely been on our first floor since it’s the area we spend the most time in. Starting with our builder beige dining room. We painted the room and had a blast building this fun 2×4 farmhouse table.
We had a big empty wall in the dining room, so I decided to build this mantle shelf.
It’s truly one of my most favorite projects EVER! Not only did it fill that vacant, rather boring wall, but it provided plenty of room for layering art and decor and gave me a place to display seasonal decor like this rustic garland.
While I’d tackled one space, I still had another main area to contend with. Our front entry. I feel like a foyer area should be cozy and inviting and mine was just meh, yes meh, blah and uninspired. With the holidays quickly approaching, I decided it was time to take it on. As yum sure you can imagine, with five kids, our house is a sea of ceramic Santa’s and paper mâché reindeer, so I really wanted to add a touch of Christmas spirit, but still keep it neutral if that makes sense? The wall is pretty big and I knew I’d need a rather large piece, so I asked my sweet friend over at Muddaritaville if she could create a custom stencil for me and that’s where it all began.
I bought a 36×48 canvas from Michael’s (don’t forget to use a coupon!). I painted the base with Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash and then added metallic texture to give it some much needed depth and dimension.
I used spray adhesive to ensure that that stencil didn’t shift, placed the stencil down and used a trowel to apply the texture. I removed the stencil immediately to avoid having the texture medium dry and crack. Once dry, I knocked down the little peaks with a 220 grit sand paper.
I wanted to add a hint of subtle shimmer, so I painted the wings in Modern Masters Champagne.
After applying a custom mixed glaze…
I’m calling this project DONE!! It works so nicely in the space and while it doesn’t quite scream “Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas!”, it does remind me of my grandparents and how special they made every holiday. Family is what it’s all about after all. Once I add some pretty, live greens over top it’ll perfect!
If you have any
questions, please feel free to ask away. Be sure to stop back and visit in December to see what I have happening in for the New Year! Thanks again letting me visit!